Two couples name 63 defendants in separate asbestos cases

By Kyla Asbury | Feb 10, 2010

CHARLESTON -- Two Hurricane couples are suing multiple companies in separate asbestos lawsuits.

David L. McClure and Nancy A. McClure, and Billy R. Beckett and Helen J. Beckett named 63 companies involved in their separate suits, according to complaints filed Jan. 20 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Mr. McClure and Mr. Beckett claim they were exposed to asbestos products of the defendants while working at various job sites over many years.

According to both suits, the defendants, acting by and through their servants, agents and employees, caused asbestos and asbestos-contain products to be placed in the stream of intrastate and interstate commerce and continued to do so for a number of years.

The McClures and the Becketts claim the defendants manufactured, processed, converted, distributed, supplied and/or sold the products that contained asbestos materials that presented a substantial risk of harm.

Both couples are suing for trials by jury to resolve all issues concerning their asbestos-related cases. They are being represented by William K. Schwartz.

The cases have been assigned to a visiting judge.

The 63 companies named in the separate cases are 3M Company; A.W. Chesterton; Amchem Products, Inc.; Anchor Packing Company; Aurora Pump Company; Benjamin F. Shaw Company; Brand Insulations, Inc.; Cameron International Corporation; Catalytic, Inc.; Certainteed Corporation; Cleaver-Brooks Company, Inc.; Crane Co.; Crown, Cork & Seal USA, Inc.; DeZurik, Inc.; Dow Chemical Company; Flowserve FSD Corporation; Flowserve US, Inc.; Flowserve US, Inc., and its Byron Jackson Division; Ford, Bacon & Davis, LLC; Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation; Foster Wheeler U.S.A. Corporation; Gage Company; Garlock, Inc.; General Electric Company; George V. Hamilton, Inc.; Georgia Pacific Corporation; Gorman-Rupp Company; Goulds Pumps; Honeywell International, Inc.; Industrial Holdings Corporation; Ingersoll-Rand Company; ITT Corporation; John Crane, Inc.; Lockheed Martin Corporation; McJunkin Corporation; Metropolitan Life Insurance Company; Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company; Mueller Steam Specialty; Nagle Pumps, Inc.; National Service Industries, Inc.; Nitro Industrial Coverings, Inc.; North Bros., Inc.; NSI Ventures, Inc.; Ohio Valley Insulating Company, Inc.; Onyx Industrial Services, Inc.; Owens-Illinois, Inc.; Peerless Pumps, Inc.; Pneumo Abex Corporation; Rapid American Corporation; Riley Power, Inc.; SFB Companies, Inc.; Square D Company; State Electric Supply Company; Sterling Fluid Systems (US), LLC; Surface Combustion, Inc.; Tasco Insulations, Inc.; UB West Virginia, Inc.; Union Carbide Corporation; Uniroyal, Inc.; Viacom, Inc.; Vimasco Corporation; West Virginia Electric Supply; and Worthington Pump.

Kanawha Circuit Court case numbers: 10-C-0105, 10-C-0106

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